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As of today, the results count for a search on "tee shirts" is 8,090,000. Make that search more specific — say, for “glow-in-the-dark tee shirts” — and the numbers narrow to 682,000. Make it really specific — “neon pterodactyl Christmas tee shirt” — and it shrinks to around 200. In other words, if you have five days to find the perfect tee, then don't worry, you'll find it.

Early this month, a site launched that hopes to consolidate, organize and energize that process, and with the team behind it, there's a good chance that it will.

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Royal Remarkable: The Train Car Project

Last time we checked in on Royal Remarkable (aka Joshua Gajownik), he was getting busy with Grafuck and Hand Job, two of the most graphically brilliant projects with sexual undertones that we’ve ever laid caresses on. Since then, the man’s been hard at work tuning out great stuff for clients like Burton, Nike and Nixon, and filling the time between with a piece for The Train Car Project, a promising group show featuring the work of 60 international artists.

The project (a brainchild of art collaborative PROCESS) supplied each artist with a train car illustration, either as a vector file or a screenprint. They were then instructed to take complete creative control over the trains, resulting in a miniaturized versions of THE BEST train cars you’ll ever not see chugging along the tracks. Check out a few of the participants completed work here, and if you are in the Brooklyn area on October 10th through the 16th, be sure to swing by Papa B Studios for a solid range of graffiti, digi, and artsy-in-general inspiration.

Half Off DBClay

Our pals at dbclay have extended a rather irresistible offer to our readers, and it goes something to the tune of doodly-dum-HALF OFF-doo-dada. Yep, not quite sure how they decided y’all are worthy of nailing their current collection of earth-amenable pocket pals at cost — but nonetheless, they did, they are super cheap, and they are as awesome as ever. Well, awesomer actually, because once you get your wallet in the mail, put the money you would have spent on it into it, and you’ll be smiling from here to, oh, about your next five burritos.

To make good on this offer, head here, then use the promo code joshspear50 at checkout.

SpearTalks: Lemar & Dauley

Streetwear is so hype right now. Thanks to sites like High Snobiety, Honeyee — and jeez, even this one — wild graphics and even wilder collabs have become as venerated as the celebrities that like to be spotted in them.

But what's brand to do when bold prints and bright colors, once considered so daring and original, start weaving their way into the mainstream? If you're Daniel Pierre and Kareem Blair, creators of respected streetwear line Lemar and Dauley, that question has one answer: Stay the hell ahead of everyone else.

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SpearTalks: Chuck Anderson

Ah, Chuck Anderson. Fresh, brave, and brilliant from all angles, we turned our sights towards this self-taught, Michigan-based designer in 2005, when the then 20-year old's portfolio was already competitive with those of players twice his age.

Since then, Chuck (aka NoPattern) has been filling his time with work for clients like Burton, Dolce and Gabbana, and Microsoft, and his light-filled designs have had us seeing stars all along. Graphic designer, digital illustrator, 23-year old basking in the glow he drew up himself; whatever he is, he's good at it, and we can't wait to see what's next.

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Manifest Hope Gallery

There are official-looking men on the street corners in downtown Denver, and eying them while they whisper top secret information into their pen caps is sort of exciting. However, even men in black lose their mystery, and when that time comes there are more vibrant things worth watching at the Democratic National Convention. Manifest Hope Gallery, for example, is a paint-packed exhibition of over 10,000 square feet of art created in support of hope, change, progress and patriotism. It’s one of the best things to hit the political scene since term limits.

Participating artists include Shepard Fairey, Adrian Tucker, Scot Lefavor, and Sam Flores (among dozens of others), and after hitting up the press unveiling on Sunday, I will say that the gallery lives up to what it wanted to be and more. It’s thrilling enough to go to any one of these artist’s shows, but to go to one of this magnitude, with talent of this significance and a voice of this strength is incredible.

All of the work at the gallery has been donated by the artists to help fund the Obama/Biden campaign, and some of the pieces are up for auction on eBay (but I imagine if you want to score any and all of the art, you can find appropriate contact info on the website. For more info on the gallery, and to find out when you can swing in if you’re in the area, go here.

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La Merde

The warmth is played out, suntans have lost their sparkle — even mojitos have abandoned their minty appeal. We’re ready to swap sweat for sweaters, and — as said item is among our favorite of apparels — we will welcome fall with our arms wide open and covered in shit.

Oh, hold on; La Merde, we mean. Covered in La Merde. And for you saucy bilinguals out there, yes, both words do mean the same thing, but La Merde also happens to represent a decidedly un-poopy clothing company based out of Portland, Oregon. They specialize in a breed of very outstanding hoodies — dapper, well-cut, rockstar/fop- hybrid things — that make me want to crawl straight out of summer and into the embrace of boy hovering just under room temperature.

Browse the upcoming collection here, and do your best not to lose your merde over the linings, details, and overall street sense that make this collection of toppers worth trick-or-treating in. You can’t shop on their site, nor is there a dealer list to comb through, so what the heck? Just shoot them an e-mail to get a jacket to carry you through 2009.

SpearTalks: Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes is a tough artist to put into words.

Initially, "painstaking" seems like the most appropriate term to describe his hyper-realistic paintings– after all, the detail is above the average human being’s level of artistic devotion. What else would describe the process? Focused? Acute? Zoinks? No matter. When words fail in an introduction, we always have the rest of the interview to suss it out.

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Most Official Bitches' Fall '08

NYC’s Married to the MOB just dropped their contributions to Fall ’08, and if last season’s Reebok Freestyles had you twitchy, this collection of hoodies, jackets, and denim (that’s right, the Most Official Bitches have officially entered ready-to-wear) will feel like a skydive mixed with fire ants mixed with the dank breath of a grizzly bear about to bite your face off.

As per usual all of the styles are rockin’, the vibes are strong, and the message is pure. MOB is truly beating bitches daily, and as long as I’m wearing those pants, they can do as much beating, spanking, and well… you know… as they want.

Browse, shop, and ship the new collection here.

SpearTalks: Luke Chueh

"Sure we've never been bears, but that doesn't mean we've never loved one," says Luke Chueh, the man behind some of today's more recognizable pop-surrealist paintings. That's one way that the SF-based artist tries to explain the world's growing affinity for his toy-inspired work, and it may very well be the most significant. Of course, the fact that our eyes are so readily drawn to these paintings has as much to do with the subject’s masochistically demolished appendages as it’s place in our childhoods, but maybe that's why we owe Luke so much credit. Yes, the plots are dismal, but it's the familiar characters that catch our attention — and whether it's the blood or the bunnies that keep it, the fact remains that the canvases of Chueh might represent a unexpected truth. Read on as we chat with Luke about revelations, evolutions, and all the beheadings in between.

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